Thursday, May 20, 1937

We paint chicken house etc. Pierre got milk. We planted 53 cabbage plants. Oscar Birkner have 18 mons. Muriel’s picture taken at Belleville Studio it is in the paper, also Jerome Cortner’s girl’s picture to be 2 yrs old in Aug. 31. Gypsy Joe sang a song for Lorraine Cortner by Ray Neff.

Monday, May 10, 1937

Cleaned chicken house & barn, worked in garden. Pap went on business trip & also to Waterloo to a big sale on Pautler’s farm west of town; people from Marrissa [sic] have a sale, on stock & tractors etc. Cool this morn. A fellow here selling household articles; bought fly swatter. The fire engine whistle was sounded this morn; called to the home of Andrew Mueth in Paderborn, were there house was on fire; but it was put out, before they got there. Rose came this afternoon, helped plant out flowers; took some along home, we planted all the house flowers out. Mrs. Rennecker came over awhile this afternoon. Jake Neff was here on business this evening. Cool again tonite.

Tuesday, April 20, 1937

Town Election, pap served as judge $3. he gets. I didn’t go to vote, all same officers, only J. Meng in place of Os. Neff, & Milton Wagner lost. L. Birkner & M. Armstutz each received 1 vote for trustees & A. Stuart got 2 – J. Griffin 1 for police & Gus. Frisch 20 for treasurer, he also gets in; there were in 80 vote cast. Raining all day. Bert [Bertille] washed, put in basement, to much rain. We ate our first lettuce today, certainly tastes good.

Wednesday, April 7, 1937

Bert went along with Ivo Buehler to Leo’s, helped ironed, patch, had dinner & supper there went along to Paderborn play tonite. Texas Ranger’s, boy what crowd, players were, Hy. Roth, Al & Bertha Karban, Isd. & Ceceila [sic] Watchel, Sly. Neff, Sy. Louis Schoenborn, Esther Helfrich, Marcella Schilling, Cryil Haudrich, Skaer’s Schoenborn played for dance after play, sure was good. Hermann of Columbia got the mule in trade for cow & pigs $65 booth [sic-both]. Leo has there cow & pigs. Bert Thompson was here, pap was over at Meng’s. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary bought Bert home this eve.

Sunday, Jan. 10, 1937

Went to mass. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary, Henry & family were all here for dinner & supper. Aunt Mary & Rosalia went to Lizzie Boll’s. We went to Pautlers tonite, Herb Probst & Eugene Neff birthday dance, sure a big crowd. Skaer Bros. played. Adm. 25ยข.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1936

We cooked soap, cleaned the yard, seperated [sic] & marked chicken. Pap & Berti went out to Henry’s with the wagon, Berti helped clean front room, brought load corn fodder along back. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary were up, fixing her dress; had Oscar’s baby along to. Sure beautiful weather. The tree man was here again, he won’t start hauling for awhile, they are working in the bottoms now. Mr. & Mrs. Walter Neff have baby. Pres. Roosevelt came to St. Louis & E. St. Louis & made a speech, 400,000 people.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 1936

Pap got load corn fodder. Sure awful hot. We dyed white dresses; navy blue. They oiled the streets in town yesterday. Joe Griffin came about 2:30 worked on the lights till 6:30, has the 2 front rooms finished. Nic Mueth came to see Joe, there radio don’t work. Osie Neff wanted to see if we want to thresh clover, they were finished now, & moving up the road. Thunder this eve. but no rain.

Tuesday, May 12, 1936

Celestine Neff came selling chances for a quilt, to be raffled at there play. Josie Keller visited at the hospital tonite. Lester Gregson & Cora Armstutz called there this afternoon where we were there, Bert came along home, Rose stayed tonite. Henry was over at Mengs with the team, called here a while.

Sunday, March 15, 1936

Beautiful day, we wore spring hats, & coats. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary stopped a short while, after church, she wanted to get the Sun. paper, but Mertz had no more there. Mrs. Jerome Cortner was taken to Belleville hospital in an ambulance last nite; she got a hemmorhage [sic], took the baby to Nic Cortners, they had been visiting Ben Neffs she felt sick, & went home at 8 o clock, not long after took her to the hospital, she worked hard yesterday yet. Olive Laut came got 1 lb. butter, there going to plant potatoes out at Boll’s today. Omer Schilling brought our clover seed, this afternoon. We went to Foster Pond to see a certain party, then went to see Davis, to Belleville, looked at cows. Rose went to Joe Griffin’s to see about radio batteries.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 1936

Washington Birthday. Pap got crushing done this morn. Henry did also, stopped here awhile. Floyd has the mumps now. Mrs. Renneker came & got some cottage cheese, also Lauts & a fellow here yesterday from Millsdat [sp] – looking for shoats, we sent him out to Henry’s, he bought them – 6 – $35. They say Walter Neff & Slyveria Helfrich are being married in St. Louis today.